THE PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS POWER TAX

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The following statement was issued by the Progressive Liberal Party in response to the FNM Government passing the Rate Reduction Bond Bill.  This Bill when it becomes law will be facilitate the Bahamas Power and Light Company to borrow 650 million dollars.  Three hundred million to reschedule the debt of  the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation and another three hundred and fifty million dollars to purchase new equipment for BPL.  The Bahamian Public is to pay by an additional levy of 30 dollars per account per month.  The PLP objected:

On The Passage  of The BPL Rate Reduction  Bond 

For Immediate Release 

28 November  2019

The FNM Government  led by Hubert Minnis passed today over the objections  of the PLP the Rate Reduction Bond Bill for Bahamas Power and Light. The FNM must be condemned for taxing  the poor with  this bill.

We know that under this Bill the people  of Bain Town will be charged the same levy as the people of Lyford Cay for the supply of electricity. 

The Prime Minister  has promised  to make an announcement  about this after being shamed by the PLP in the House of Assembly. 

 The proposed additional charges that will result from this FNM bill are estimated at 20 dollars to 30 dollars per month per electricity  account  on top of your existing bill. This is not what the PLP proposed. Under the PLP’s plan the smaller users of electricity  would have seen virtually no increase at all. In fact many small users would have seen a decrease in their monthly  Bills.

Under the Minnis plan whether you burn power in a mansion or a small house the additional charge will  be the same. This means  the poor will bear the burden for the rich.

We will see what  the Prime Minister proposes to do now that he has been told about it. He should not commit yet another breach of his commitments  made to the people  in the last campaign. 

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